Being a good ball handler in basketball requires the player to able to dribble the basketball while keeping their eyes and also being able to see the floor. Also, the player must be able to dribble with either hand and get where they need to go on the floor with their dribble. If they cannot do these two things as a ball-handler, they will struggle, especially as the competition gets more difficult.
This basketball drill will force the player to dribble with both hands on the move and keep their eyes up to see the person they are following. There are many different types of basketball dribbling drills that you can use, but what makes this drill good is that it creates a more difficult situation than it would be in a game. That way, when they get into an actual game, they are more than prepared to handle only dribbling one basketball and seeing the floor. Another great type of dribbling drill that adds extra difficulty like this is tennis ball basketball dribbling drills.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Follow the Leader Alternating Two Ball Basketball Dribbling Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs and a partner.
Similar Basketball Drills and Resources
- Alternating Pound Two Ball Basketball Dribbling Drill
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- Pound Two Ball Basketball Dribbling Drill
Goals of the Drill
- Work on ball handling and dribbling with your eyes up.
- The player must keep their eyes up the whole time and dribble the basketballs as hard as possible.
- Be able to quickly change directions and don’t be afraid to mess up.
- Instead of having a coach be the leader, you can have another player be the leader with two basketballs of their own.
- You can also do this drill in groups of 4-5 players as well.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start on the baseline with a basketball in each hand, and the coach/partner is going to line up even with them on the baseline.
- When the drill starts, the player will start pound-dribbling the basketballs in an alternating pattern.
- At this time, the coach will start moving forward, and the player must stay even with the coach.
- The coach can move forward, backward, or laterally and the player must mirror which way they go.
- If the coach stops, the player will also stop but keep on dribbling.
- The drill will continue until the coach allows the player to reach the opposite baseline.